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Kyrie Irving Rips Cleveland as a Sports City, Already Loves Boston

12 October 2017, 06:08 | Henrietta Morgan

Kyrie Irving Rips Cleveland as a Sports City, Already Loves Boston

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during warm ups prior to an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston Monday Oct. 2 2017

"Boston, I'm driving in and (thinking), 'I'm really playing in a real, live sports city?'" Irving said, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Before the Celtics took on the Hornets on Wednesday to close out their preseason schedule, Kyrie Irving spoke to reports about what it's been like being in Boston.

Kyrie Irving praised his new home, Boston, yet again Wednesday morning, while dimming the lights on his former National Basketball Association home - Cleveland.

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Kyrie Irving wanted to leave Cleveland - whether that was because of LeBron James, the Cavaliers' direction or whatever other reason - and the Cavs traded him to Boston.

When the deal between Cleveland and Boston was finally completed after a hang-up with Isaiah Thomas" injured hip, Irving released a special "thank you' to the city of Cleveland.

"I just moved in to a whole new place, I've been there a month or so".

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"It's exciting to be back on the East Coast", Irving said.

Irving played his high school ball in New Jersey, before departing for a single season to play collegiately at Duke in North Carolina. "Getting used to seeing the green and white, getting enriched with the Celtics organization and the culture, getting used to the city - I was an opponent going into Boston".

"It's a really major city". You get it all, especially in Boston.

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The difference between Boston and Cleveland is practically night and day. Irving would go on to talk about the differences in culture and food and people - obvious facts. Consistently. No matter what hour throughout the night.

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